Jack Sinclair Wins Aussie Millions $2,500 NLHE Event For $126,2401 year ago
Londoner Jack Sinclair landed himself an Aussie Millions title when he took down the $2,500 NLHE event for $126,240, taking down fellow Englishman Simon Burns heads-up – with Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne finishing in an excellent 4th place.
Sinclair rose to prominence last summer when he made the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event, eventually coming 8th for a $1.2million payday and following it up a month later with a German Poker Championship Super High Roller title worth another €¼million.
In Melbourne yesterday he outlasted a field of 229 entrants, all chasing a chunk of the AUD$ 515,250 (US$ 416,451) prizepool – with $4million men Christian Harder and Christian Christner, as well as the USA’s Kevin McPhee, running deep and pushing the English contingent hard – but it was Shane Warne who had captured the imagination of the media and fans, the poker-loving former cricketer looking to capture his first title – and on home soil…
Come the final table and Sinclair found himself back in the pack, while Warne was sitting on a healthy 2nd biggest stack as Italy’s Gianluca Speranza passed the million chip mark…
…but Sinclair had already sussed out the ‘Australian method’ earlier in the week, telling reporters:
"The actual poker here is incredible, not like anywhere else. It seems like Australia has been isolated from the rest of the poker world for some time, they have a lot of crazy rules, and the Aussies play a very unconventional style."
With the $10K Main Event in full swing, and the $100K ANTON Challenge still to come up, the winner would take down enough money to cover both – although there were other ways to get yourself in…
When Warne bowed out in 4th his dream was over…
…and with Sepranza following him in 3rd it was an all-English match-up for the title, Macau-based Burns no mean player himself, but Sinclair was the man with ‘recent’, having taken out TonyG for his SHR victory late last summer…
…and so it proved, an excellent run for Burns taking him close to the $½million career earnings milestone…
…but Sinclair landing the title and the coveted ring.
Final table results
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